The Social Development Commission will no longer be accepting applications as of Saturday, July 1st for the Milwaukee Emergency Rental Assistance Program, also known as MERA, due to funds exhausting. SDC will continue to process applications that have been received up to June 30th on a first come, first serve basis. However, no new applications will be accepted starting July 1st.

The MERA Program is funded by the Federal Government through the State of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee to help Milwaukee residents recover from the impact of COVID. SDC is proud to say that we have helped over 10,000 households in the city of Milwaukee. Putting out more than $90 million dollars in the community helping families stay in their homes. On average SDC paid $4,000 in rent and utilities and on some occasions up to 8 months. This support has helped many Milwaukee residents restart their lives, regain employment, and come out of the pandemic with a better outlook.

As these funds diminish, SDC recognizes the continued need for assistance and the many people who are still unable to pay their monthly rent and utilities. The impact of the pandemic is still being felt to this day. We look forward to more transformative approaches as we continue to empower Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

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